New Tune – Airplanes and Xylophones

I finally figured out that if I put my phone behind me with the guitar facing away from the speaker, I can get something vaguely like sound balance with the vocals and still play with the pick. At least, it’s not the guitar super loud, the vocals barely audible, and the whole thing so horrifically unbalanced that it will make your ears bleed. Now that I know this, I will go back and re-record the last two I posted so I can get them not ear-bleedy enough for you to get a better feel for them.

Didn’t play (or for that matter, sing) this very well this time through, but new tune. And, a nice short one! I think I’m getting better about writing songs that don’t go on for years. I always stop at the end, like this and go ‘does this feel over? does there need to be more going on here?’ That’s the poetry talking. It makes me over-complicate.

In any case, this one started in a weird sort of place, with working through my thought process on projects. I always observe how some people are really detail-oriented and great and just working their way through things in a very A to B to C sort of way – they think through projects with this very efficient sort of system.  And, as I was thinking on this, I thought  ‘sometimes I do that, I guess, but most of the time I’m just sort of connecting airplanes to xylophones.’  Which, then set me off on going ‘gee, what is the connection between airplanes and xylophones, and would it make a good song?’  A few hours later, this song just sort of fell together.

It’s a weird one because of that. Normally figuring out the melody to go with the chords can take a bit of wiggling, or lyrics will have to be changed to make it work. This one, though, I wrote the lyrics and then decided ‘not in C. The last one was in C. I’ll start this one with…uh…G! Because, why not?’ and aside from trying to figure out when it was over, it just sort of worked the first time through.

…I don’t expect that sort of voodoo magic to happen often when I write songs, but it was still pretty cool that this song just knew right away what it was going to be.

People just stop talking

it’s a victimless crime

we close doors, change numbers

forget to find the time.



we change the lock

or lose the key

silence is the language that we speak,

it just changes by degrees.

We say the big things matter

the job he took, the town she left,

that little things don’t deserve attention

can’t hurt as much, can’t make waves


But I remember airplanes and xylophones

the way the sun kissed your freckled face

how everything falls apart someday

how even people can be replaced.


I know what I’m saying doesn’t really matter

hopes can get erased and hearts be battered

but the smallest of things always hurt more

the shattering of glass as milk hits the floor.


So if they tell you not to cry about it

you can still cry about it

the rules are made for breaking anyway.

And if they say you shouldn’t laugh about it,

laugh about it anyway

that’s how we live to fight another day.


Our lives are written on the things we cast aside

it’s not the bigger problems

but the small things that we hide

like cookies stolen from the jar

we might take them out,

but we never take them far.


They’ll tell you it only counts

in horse shoes and hand grenades

but I remember xylophones and airplanes

the sun that kissed your freckled face

and how I could feel your smile in my bones

but the only number I have for you

is 10 years out of date

and I forgot your last name

but I remember xylophones.

4 thoughts on “New Tune – Airplanes and Xylophones

  1. Your strumming is much improved. Some sweet memories going on there! I don’t know how you’re recording, but I’m hearing the volume phase in and out.


    1. Just on the phone. Mics are all kaput. The phase is me turning my head. Have to put the phone behind me to stop the guitar from drowning the vocal, but I also have to look at my lyrics since I haven’t memorized it yet.

      So, it’s basically the duct tape and bubblegum recording method.

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      1. Yeah, no kidding. I thought I had a good (if old) mic that we used to use for karaoke (…in the 90s…) but when I tried to plug it in to see if it would help me up my recording game, it was dead as a knob. Cable was still functional, but the mic was giving me nothing.

        So, now that’s on the list of things I need to replace, somewhere under ‘new couch’ and other things that don’t quite fall under the category of ‘toy’.

        But, I intentionally choose phones with good sound quality, so that’s sufficient for blogging. I’m a rookie musician with little to no recording knowledge. I’ve never given off the impression that I’m going to be throwing up anything fancier than rough recordings on the blog. The audio quality will improve as I do, but I think, for blogging purposes, a basic, rough recording is sufficient as long as it’s not so bad that it hurts your ears to try to listen to it.

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